“Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from Disney’s The Lion King was composed by Elton John with lyrics by Tim Rice. It was a chart hit in the UK, peaking at #14 and achieved even more success in the U.S., reaching a peak of #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.
It won the 1994 Academy Award for Best Original Song, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. It also earned Elton John the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’ was once planned to be sung only by Simba and Nala but in the end the idea was scrapped because the directors decided it was an “unearned” moment between Simba and Nala.
The song was also at one point planned to be sung by Timon and Pumbaa, but Elton John disliked the comical nature of the concept. John declared that “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” was meant to follow “Disney’s tradition of great love songs”, and that it could “express the lions’ feelings for each other far better than dialogue could”.
The final result was the song mainly sung by an off-screen voice (Kristle Edwards) with short lines from Simba and Nala, and the beginning and end parts by Timon (Nathan Lane) and Pumbaa (Ernie Sabella).